I read a great article recently in the Times, about happily married couples who don't sleep together. As in, don't share a bedroom. Apparently there are only 8% of couples under about 60 years of age who don't share a marital bed, yet most couples report a 50% sleep disturbance if they share a bed. It seems society's just not ready for married couples in seperate rooms, the assumptuion being that they are erm, living like brother and sister.
Hmmm. I don't know. It sounds very appealing to me. I am such a light sleeper that I wake up almost every time the Ball & Chain turns over, and that is not an infrequent occurance. It used to be that I was literally bounced up and down on the mattress (ooh, err missus) so we got one of those Tempur mattresses that don't bounce - much to the disappointment of the 6 year old. It might not bounce and it actually doesn't make a sound - but the fairly new wooden bed frame squeaks like a trapped pig. I'll be handing the B&C some WD40 this weekend I think.
The other bad sleep habit the B&C has is to take all the covers with him when he turns over. What's with that? Aren't you supposed to turn over under the sheets? Well, he sort of turns over on top of the covers, meaning that by the end of the night, about one fifth of my body is covered in anything, while Mr. Snug-and-Comfy is positively swathed in sheets and duvets. It's no wonder I wear passion killer fleece pyjamas.
Oh and then, because of his bony knees, (diddums) he bungs some of the sheet between them, as a cushion. One night I woke up with nothing covering me at all. I eventually found a corner of the sheet and began pulling. He had the entire King size sheet stuck between his knees.
He often gets up at around 4am to pee. In his attempts to be quiet, he shuffles his feet along the floor instead of walking normally. That makes an annoying (and wakey-uppy) shuffling sound. Although he closes the two doors between our bedroom and the bathroom, he still manages to sound like a horse peeing on a rock, and wakes me up. The fact that the bathroom is tiled almost floor to ceiling probably isn't the best acoustic arrangement for a quiet pee though.
Mind you, if we slept in different rooms (ah, bliss) he would be safe from my alleged sleep-talking, and the occasional sleep-walking. (That seems to occur only when I'm very stressed, but it has resulted in me falling down the stairs a few times.) When the middle child was about three, and prone to having nightmares, I apparently used to rugby tackle the B&C when he was slept close to the edge of the bed. My maternal instincts kicked in and I was trying to stop him from falling off the edge. The poor chap was exhausted in the morning, especially when it sometimes happened several times in one night.
But that's all I do. Not a lot compared to what I have to put up with really!